For Hospitals and Clinics, being in Alignment with the Nuclear Ban Treaty means:
- no funds invested in, or coming from, any of the companies involved in nuclear weapons
- no contracts with, or supplies coming from, any of those companies.
Any hospital or clinic, large or small, can decide to become Treaty Aligned in order to help rid the world of nuclear weapons. For most hospitals, this means refusing to buy medical equipment from companies which also make nuclear weapons and ensuring there are no investments in these companies.
Medical professionals around the world have been taking the lead in demanding that nuclear weapons must never be used again. Nuclear weapons are a major risk to public health. That is why the worldwide Red Cross Red Crescent movement has been so strongly in favor of the Nuclear Ban Treaty.
Hospitals and clinics exist to help and care for people in need. To be also invested in companies that make nuclear weapons or buying medical equipment from them is a contradiction in terms. You can help your hospital or clinic to become Treaty Aligned with 3 simple steps:
- The first step is to DECIDE to become Aligned with the Treaty. Some hospitals or clinics may want a presentation or workshop to take in all the facts and concerns relating to the Treaty, nuclear weapons, and the campaign. Others may be happy to make a commitment right away.
- The second step is to DISCONNECT from the nuclear weapons industry – as far as possible for your hospital or clinic. They will probably start by creating a committee, including those responsible for finance and purchasing, to determine what can be done in order to be Treaty Aligned. The hospital or clinic will then need to undertake whatever action may be necessary to divest, boycott and avoid those companies – and that includes informing those companies why they are disconnecting.
- The final step is to DECLARE the hospital or clinic Treaty Aligned and adopt an official policy to confirm that the hospital or clinic will have nothing to do with those companies so long as they are in violation of the Nuclear Ban Treaty.
Hospitals or clinics are encouraged to take it to the next level by encouraging other hospitals and clinics, institutions, and towns and cities to become Treaty Aligned.